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“Carry one another’s burdens, and you will thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
The first part of the chronicle will deal with suffering, which gives perseverance and leads to hope, and spiritual fruitfulness, which activates the importance of helping those who suffer.
Romans 5:1-5 teaches that strength comes from our suffering. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ, through whom we have come into this grace by faith. And we glory in the hope of the glory of God, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not make us ashamed, for the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Paul explained that God’s righteousness is provided by his grace for those who believe in Jesus Christ. Through the death of Jesus, believers will find peace with God. Justification means that believers are acquitted of guilt which leads to a relationship with God. This relationship does not eliminate suffering, but gives strength, and God gives endurance and hope.
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During the third week of Lent, we were encouraged to live fruitful and purposeful lives by connecting and serving others. Finding ways to serve is an act of worship. By opening the doors of the church and going out into the world to serve, we will live fruitful lives. The words of Jesus will have an impact far beyond our doors. The seeds of our fruitfulness will produce roots of faith. “The word of Christ will enlighten you; his Body and his Blood will nourish you and support you in your daily journey towards eternity. (Pope Saint John Paul II)
A reader asked if the Russian-Ukrainian conflict was due to a lack of faith. Both countries have loyal people. The problem arises because the Russian leader claims the right to control Ukraine, and the Ukrainian leader knows that his country is independent. The conflict has caused loss and suffering. The greatest casualties are the dead and wounded among civilians. People suffer from lack of food, water and shelter. Along with the physical destruction of homes and infrastructure, cultural and educational centers are being demolished.
The history of Ukraine is interesting. The capital of Ukraine, kyiv, was founded in 482. Orthodox Christianity was officially adopted in the Slavic region in 988 by Vladimir the Great, whose empire covered much of modern Ukraine and parts of Russia. Vladimir was a pagan until he converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In the 17th century, the churches of Russia and Ukraine were governed by rulers based in Moscow. In 1917, Ukraine came under the rule of the Soviet Union and communism. During this period, the government persecuted religious activities. On August 24, 1991, Ukraine became an independent state.
Over the centuries, Ukraine has organized cultural events by building museums, concert halls, art galleries, opera and ballet houses, theaters and educational centers. The 800 Ukrainian higher education institutes attract students from many countries. Ukraine has been a center of education since the Ostroh Academy was founded in 1576.
Today’s Ukraine has many religious groups. According to a survey conducted by the Razumkov Center, 71.7% of the population declare themselves to be believers. The Orthodox Christian Churches comprise 67.3% of the population. Catholics have 11.32%. Protestant churches number 1.9% of the population, including Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Seventh-day Adventists, Mennonites, and the Sub-Carpathian Reformed Church. Hindus, Jews and Muslims have lower percentages. Unaffiliated and atheists make up 11% of the population. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Ukraine)
Religion is an important part of Ukrainian life. We also witnessed their human values: love of country, of others, freedom and benevolence. In happier times, people were outgoing. They enjoyed cultural events and coffee chats with friends. It is difficult to understand Russia’s determination to destroy Ukraine and sacrifice its own soldiers. If Putin doesn’t stop the race to kill and maim people, destroy religious, cultural and educational values, the world should hold him accountable for rebuilding Ukraine before sanctions are rolled back. Putin said Russians and Ukrainians are so historically and culturally aligned that they are essentially one people. He should be told to take care of his siblings and love his neighbors. Pray for Ukrainians and those helping refugees.
“Everyone talks about peace but nobody teaches peace. In this world, you are brought up for competition, and competition is the beginning of every war. (Maria Montessori)